Life is full of pain. As writers, we feel the blows keenly, yet the best of us utilize that pain. Instead of letting tragedy or injustice overwhelm us, we turn our experiences into words. We sit in an attic, holding on to the truth, and we dare to spin straw into gold.
Bob Thurber is a writer who transforms pain into beauty. His dark past brings shadowy depth to his characters, and his dialogue bites like a call from home. His voice is pure, simple, strong. He’s won or been nominated for every short fiction prize we know of, and it was pure pleasure to print his stories in Issues 3 and 6 of Pulp Literature. We claimed, “Bob Thurber shines in the darkness like a Bic lighter in a munitions dump.” We meant it. When Bob offered to be the final judge for our Hummingbird Prize for Flash Fiction, we felt we had won an award ourselves, and knew something big was about to happen.
Check out Bob’s latest collection of short stories, Nothing But Trouble, or his novel, Paperboy. Check out his online micro-fiction at 50-Word Stories, and read his treasures in Pulp Literature. And most important, for all you writers out there, our Hummingbird fiction contest opens on Friday, May 1st. Entries are limited to 300, giving you a better chance to win, and there is an earlybird entry fee until May 15th. For guidelines see our contests page.
Submit your stories to a true master. Take your straw, and spin it into gold.